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Equities Market Review
Markets all over the world were volatile during the year as the
coronavirus pandemic caused high levels of uncertainty, the emergence of new
gainers, and losers in markets. Despite the effect of the coronavirus on some
economies, their market performance was positive during the year. Some gains
recorded in markets could be attributed to investor's confidence in the
positive outlook of the economy given the government's actions to stimulate a
quick rebound in the economy. Conversely, some markets closed in the red in
2020 despite actions by the government to stimulate investors' confidence in
Furthermore, technology stocks gained prominence in most countries in
the year 2020. This was supported by the need to maintain social distance, and
work from home to halt the spread of the virus e.g., some technology stock
share price like Zoom, Tesla, Amazon, and so on, increased in 2020. On the
other hand, in some countries the improvement in the stock market could be
attributed to government policy e.g., in Nigeria, the CBN's reduction in its
monetary policy rate to 11.5% increased liquidity in the economy and these led
to investors flocking the capital market with limited investment options
available to them.
Global Market Review
Majority of the Global stock markets tracked by Proshare closed the year
positive amidst the coronavirus pandemic. In the year under review, amongst the
Thirty-three (33) stock markets that were reviewed, (19) were in green which
signifies an improvement, (5) stock markets did not record any change while (9)
stock markets were in red which indicates losses. Nigeria's All Share Index
topped the list with a +45.07% gain followed
by USA Nasdaq and South Korea's KS11 with +43.22% and
+32.01% gains, respectively. Conversely,
Austria's ATX, FTSE 100, and Singapore's STI dipped by -12.68%,
-12.49%, and -11.39% respectively to top the list of markets in the
red. The Nigerian Stock Market, which is our primary monitoring market, the key
benchmark index, NSE ASI, YTD was the best performing stock market with gains
Table 1: Global Market Review
recorded a YTD performance of +43.22% in 2020
which is the fifth-best year in its history. The performance of the Nasdaq
was very impressive given the surge in the interest of investors in
coronavirus pandemic caused a major drift of investors' interest in
such as Amazon, Facebook, Apple recorded an increase in their profits and
share prices despite the effect of the pandemic on the economy.
the ravishing effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the South Korean
economy, its stock market recorded positive gains at the end of the year.
South Korea stock market ended the year with 2,873.47 points, which is +32.01% higher than 2,176.67 points recorded as of 31st
- The YTD
increase in the performance of the KOSPI could be attributed to gains in
financial shares, technology stocks, and industrials.
major driver for the boom in South Korea's stock market was attributed to
the actions of retail investors that flocked to growth and value stocks.
investors were truculent in taking the risk on stocks, flocking the stock
market to pick up equities ditched by foreign and institutional investors.
Taiwan (The Taiwan Weighted
pandemic caused panic and sharp fluctuation of the Taiwan Stock Exchange
(TWSE), as the stock market recorded a low of 8,523.63 points in March.
Taiwan Stock Exchange closed the year with 14,687.7 points, +21.38% higher than 12,100.48 points recorded as of 31st
government stimulus incentives and National Stabilization Fund helped
trigger the gain in the momentum of the weighted index in 2020.
major driver of Taiwan's bullish domestic market was the increase in the
share price of the world's No.1 contract chipmaker known as Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
market analysts have predicted that the domestic market could break a new
high of 15,000 points in the first half of 2021.
SSE 180 Index (Shanghai) +16.75
- SSE 180
Index tracks the daily price performance of the 180 most representative
A-share stocks listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
- SSE 180
index ended the year on a positive note, as it recorded positive gains of +16.75%. Its index point closed the year with 10,476.12
points as of December 29th, 2021 an increase from 8,972.92
points recorded on December 31st, 2019.
positive performance of the SSE 180 index could be attributed to the quick
rebound of economic growth in the Chinese economy.
quick rebound of the Chinese economy helped fuel the expectations that
blue-chip companies would record profits. Hence, investors flocked to
blue-chip stocks on the SSE 180 index.
Nikkei 225 +16.01%
Nikkei 225 is a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The
Nikkei measures the performance of 225 large, publicly owned companies in
Japan from a wide array of industry sectors.
Nikkei 225 ended the year 2020 with an index point of 27,444.17, a YTD
increase of +16.01%.
- The impressive performance of the Nikkei 225 was attributed to the
positive investor sentiment given the dovish monetary policies from
central banks in Japan, the US, and Europe, as well as a string of
positive vaccine news.
Austria ATX -12.68%
Austrian Traded Index (ATX) is the leading index of Wiener BÃ¶rse which tracks the price trends
of the blue chips on Winer Borse.
closed the year with 2,792.93 index points. It recorded a YTD decline in
index points of -12.68%.
decline in the ATX index could be attributed to negative investor
sentiment that played out during the year.
coronavirus pandemic affected productive activities in the Austrian
economy, as the Austrian economy contracted by -6.4% in Q2 2020 and -3.80% in Q3 2020.
pessimistic outlook of the Austrian economy affected investors' confidence
in companies listed on the bourse.
FTSE 100 -12.49%
100 closed the year on a negative note. It ended the year with 6,600 index
points, as it recorded a YTD decline in index points by -12.49%.
- A major
reason attributed to the decline in the FTSE 100 is heightened worries
over an extended period of lockdowns which increased uncertainty about the
the government's Brexit deal did not allay fears of a potential breakdown
at the border.
it remains fuzzy on how the services sector will be affected as the deal
underestimates the importance of the services sector which makes up about
80% of the UK economy.
Straits Times (STI) -11.39%
Times (STI) closed the year in the red. It ended the year with 2,869.22
index points, as it recorded a YTD decline in index points by -11.39%.
- The STI
was a rollercoaster throughout the year as it recorded over 3,000 index
points at the beginning of the year.
decline in the STI could also be attributed to the negative perception and
uncertainty about the outlook of the Singaporean economy.
economy dipped by -3.8% in Q4
2020 while on an annual basis it contracted by -5.8%.
in the previous year when the Argentine bourse ended the year with a YTD
increase of +37.60%, the
narrative for 2020 was different.
Argentina MerVal ended the year 2020 on a negative note. It ended the year
with 38,390.84 index points, as it recorded a YTD decline in index points
weak economy which was further exacerbated by the advent of the COVID-19
pandemic led to negative investor sentiment.
Belgium (BEL-20) -7.42%
BEL20 is the benchmark stock market index of Euronext Brussels.
tracks the performance of the 20 most capitalized and liquid stocks traded
in Belgium. It is a modified capitalization-weighted index.
ended the year with 3,662.28 index points, recording a YTD decline in
index points by -7.42%.
Argentine economy is currently battling with sovereign default, sliding
reserves, double-digit inflation (35.8% as of November 2020), and a
Africa Market Review
was a decline in the performance of the African Stock market in 2020 when
compared with the previous year. Amongst the thirty-six (36) African stock
markets reviewed, (11) were in green signifying an improvement, one (1)
remained unchanged, while (23) were in red signifying a dip. The EGX 70 EWI
topped the list with a gain of +289.68% while
Zimbabwe's ASI and Egypt EGX 100 EWI were second and third with gains of +220.91%, and +115.90%
respectively. The three top losers were Kenya's 20 Share Index, Mauritius
SEM-10, and Uganda's All Share Index with losses of -30.72%,
-28.30%, and -28.07% respectively.
Table 2: Africa
Egypt EGX 70 EWI +289.68%
- The Egyptian Exchange launched an equally weighted index EGX70EWI
on 02 February 2020. The Index includes the top 70 companies in terms of
Liquidity and activity after excluding the constituents of EGX30.
- EGX70EWI avoids concentration on one industry therefore has a good
representation of various industries/sectors in the economy.
EGX 70 EWI recorded a significant improvement in 2020. The EGX 70 EWI
ended the year with 2,082.72 index points, as it recorded a YTD increase
in index points by +289.68%.
Zimbabwe All Share Index +220.91%
All-Share Index, the main index of the financial market grew by +220.91% YTD. Its index point increased to 2,459.23
basis points as of the end of the year.
performance is surprising given the present economic woes betiding the
country. Its growth rate has been slow and economic pressures further
exacerbated its growth rate while its inflation rate as of November 2020
stood at 401.66%.
growth in the Zimbabwe All Share Index could be attributed to the
devaluation of the local currency which prompted investors to inject money
into listed companies.
Rwanda RSI ASI +19.95%
- Despite the contraction in Rwanda's GDP in Q3 2020 by -3.6%, investors' confidence in the
rebound on the Rwandan economy fuelled positive investor sentiment in the
- Rwanda RSI ASI index increased by +19.95%
YTD in 2020. Its index points
increased to 148.02 points as of the end of the year 2020.
Kenya 20 SHARE INDEX -30.72%
Nairobi Securities Exchange 20 Share Index NSE20 is a major stock market
index that tracks the performance of 20 best performing companies listed
on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
companies are selected based on weighted market performance for 12 months,
market capitalization, number of shares traded, number of deals, and
- Kenya's "20 share index" recorded the highest decline amongst the African markets
tracked by Proshare.
declined by -s30.72% YTD in
2020. Its index points at the end of the year declined to 1,838.84 index
Mauritius SEM-10 -28.3%
SEM-10 consists of the 10 largest companies by market value.
recorded the 2nd highest decline amongst the African markets
tracked by Proshare.
declined by -28.3% YTD in
2020, as its index points at the end of the year declined to 308.2 index
Uganda All-Share Index -28.07%
All Share Index (ALSI) is the benchmark index for the Ugandan equity
tracks the performance of 16 listed security equities, of which half are
local companies and the other half are cross-listed Kenyan companies.
declined by -28.3% YTD in
2020. Its index points at the end of the year declined to 308.2 points.
Downloadable PDF - The 2020 Nigerian Capital Market Report
1. Complete Report: The Nigerian Capital Market Report 2020: Leveraging a Crisis - Jan 28, 2021
2. Executive Summary: The Nigerian Capital Market Report 2020: Leveraging a Crisis - Jan 28, 2021
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Annual Reviews & Outlooks
1. NCM2020 - Fin. MKT in Transition: Understanding Past Uncertainties; Preparing for New Possibilities
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Special Reports & Publications
1. NSE Ten Years After a Takeover: The Good, The Bad and Undecided
2. NSE Post Takeover: A Journey Through Time
3. NSE Post Takeover: The Story of Then and How
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6. NSE Post Takeover: Power Moves -Demutualization and The New Board Games
7. NSE Post Takeover: A Whole New World-Reimagining Endless Possibilities
8. NSE Post Takeover: Back of the Envelope
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2. Online Trading Ranking Report 2019 - Refining The User Experience; Trends In Digital Trading
3. Nigerian Online Trading Portals Ranking Report 2018
4. Nigerian Capital Market and FX Online Trading Portals Ranking Report H2 2017
5. The Nigerian Capital Market Online Trading Portals Ranking Report
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5. Nigeria in 2021: Positioning in the New Normal
6. Nigeria 2021 Outlook - Navigating Unsteady Terrain
7. Nigeria FY 2021 Macroeconomic Outlook - A Break in the Clouds
8. Nigeria 2021 Outlook: COVID-19 Recession and the Long Road to Economic Recovery
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3. Review of 2020 Activities In The Islamic Finance Market And The Outlook For 2021
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3. NSE Migrates Four Companies from ASeM to Growth Board
4. Demutualisation: NSE Announces Chief Executives for Emerging Entities
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9. COVID-19 and AGM by Proxy: Lessons from GTBank Approach
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12. NSE to Re-Introduce Trading Fees for Securities Traded on the Fixed Income Market